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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by doctorunderhill, May 23, 2020.
damn but did Mr. Baxter have some serious "Funk" in those early Days of Steely Dan.
Sometimes it IS "rocket science"........
Good band, but never a fan.
Great band, full of greats songs and players.
The Dan and Mr. Baxter were a perfect fit.
I like to tell myself I play like JB.
I may be full of it.
My Old School and King of the World come to mind.
The first 3 SD albums are just chock full of the Skunks brilliance. The best guitarist they ever had & I'd say that to Fagens face!
I recently saw the vinyl version of the Ultimate Spinach. Wanted to buy, but the price was too high to stomach that much green.
My Old School, Kings, 2nd solo ( trade off with keyboards ) on Bodhisattva, The Boston Rag, King of the World, Midnight Cruiser
- any pedal steel you hear on first 3 albums ( Fire in the Hole, Pearl of The Quarter)
- basically with the exception of a few great guest spots, the guitars on first 3 albums ( as they were a real band then) are either Denny Dias or Jeff Baxter.
just listen to the album "Can't Buy a Thrill".
and I believe you will know when you get there.
Steely Dan shares a particular place (with Elvis Costello) in my head. to me the unique perspectives and sensibilities are unlike the vast majority of their contemporaries from a lyrical standpoint.
just one example. when I first head the song "Hey 19" I was in my 20's and while the music "grabbed" me I fail to pay proper attention to the lyrics/ the story.
that situation changed in the summer of 1990. my first wife and I had separated and officially divorced on july 3rd.
in sept of that same year an "associate's" wife set me up on a date with a girl she was working with. the girl was 19, and I was just shy of 38.
the Very Next Time I heard "Hey 19" I paid close attention.
and I understood.
I think Denny Dias gets overlooked, food for thought.
I just had another listen to Steely Dan on The Definitive Collection. So many great players including Becker himself.
If I had to choose, it would have to be Larry Carlton.
The Jeff Skunk Baxter era of Steely Dan sounds noticeably different than the later albums, in my opinion.
You ol’ cradle robber you!
I couldn’t resist
Fantastic player one of my favorite solos of all time - a master piece IMHO.
He's so great that I attribute all the good guitar on the early albums to him. Watching vids of Skunk, he never stuck me as a great player.
I'm more of a denny dias fan
Rikki is fantastic. One of my favorite solos from that album is Night By Night. Someone should market a pedal with that sound. Tone!
A fantastic form of a great band. Always been a fan of the Skunk
And he can play the congas.